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Karri K.

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  • The Sisters Arcana

  • By: Ken Janssens
  • Narrated by: Zidge Gray
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Children from the town of Patterson, Oregon are disappearing. And it does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Until two sisters rise to the challenge of the bizarre mystery. A friendless science geek and a feisty sci-fi fanatic, Rowan and Nova are cut from a different bit of cloth. They don't always get along, but they may be the only ones with enough guts and smarts to save their missing classmates from something straight out of Nova's imagination. All they need is the right motivation. And to not disappear themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun little mystery

  • By Dominique on 05-20-18

Horrid narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-17

I have to be totally honest, I spent so much time trying to adjust the speed of the playback that I am not really sure what the book is about. After listening for 5 hours I had to draw the line for how much of my time I'd give this audiobook. The narrator reads like a child reading a Dick and Jane book. It was excruciatingly slow. After a few hours of listening I gave up. I can't give a fair star rating so I went with 3.

I was given a free copy of the audiobook for my honest review, and I wish I could actually review the book, but as I said, the narration was terrible and I couldn't suffer any longer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,630

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar, and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she's thrilled she finally connected with someone. When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar...who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can't keep his eyes off Louise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What the heck...

  • By Allyssa R. on 06-16-17

She got me good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-17

It's easy to see why there is a comparison to Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. Behind Her Eyes is told in the same manner. Chapters come from different people, and from their point of view. What isn't the same as either of those is the way it ends. Not the way it twists at the end, but the EXTRA twist at the VERY end. I'd figured it out just over halfway through, but I didn't take it far enough. I absolutely love that this had me fooled. It's hard to do when I read as much as I do, and Sara Pinborough got me good! Great story, deep characters, and excellent narration by Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and Huw Parmenter.

18 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Flash

  • A Dogleg Island Mystery
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Aggie Malone is a dedicated young cop who has spent her entire life just looking for a place to call home. She never thought she'd find it in a quaint Florida village called Dogleg Island, where almost nothing ever happens. Deputy Ryan Grady is an easygoing playboy who carries a surf board in the trunk of his patrol car and lives in the same rambling beach cottage his grandfather built 70 years ago. He grew up on Dogleg Island and can't imagine ever living anywhere else. It's always been the most peaceful place he has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story. great plot and character developm

  • By Leiha on 09-01-16

Narration ruined this

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-17

The problem with audiobooks is that if the person reading has a monotone voice, it can be hard for them to show emotion in the characters they're reading. I'm going to guess that this is why the narrator read as she did, and not because she's just bad.

With that being said, the story itself was not bad, I liked it. I would listen to another in this series, with a different narrator that is. The dog in the story is lovable, as is the main character. The mystery was a good one, and grew quite intense as the story came to its climax. I recommend the book, not the audiobook, however.

*I received a free copy of this audiobook for an honest review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Phoenix Awakens

  • The Phoenix, Book 1
  • By: Eliza Nolan
  • Narrated by: Alisha Bade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her dreams is her new classmate, Graham. Graham admits he was a Phoenix but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she's discovering she has other abilities. Julia doesn't know where her new talents come from, but there's no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and narrator!

  • By Edward Heimstreet on 11-16-16

Great YA PNR

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This story was basic, and simple. The perfect combination for a teen romance. The vernacular is definitely current teen, made apparent by the use of "anyways" and "you don't even know". Although slightly annoying to me, it's fine for the audience this is most likely written for. The over arching storyline is quite interesting, and I will be happy to read the next installment when it's released. The narrator was very good with different characters, and had a nice voice acting quality to her. No dull reading of the text. This is certainly worth the listen!

Disclosure: I was gifted this audiobook in return for an honest review.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,710
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,630

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Better than expected

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

I only read this book because it was given to me in a book exchange. I used one of my audible credits so I could listen as I read. Before the first chapter was over the Narrator had me thoroughly engrossed. He was so amazing, and the story was so interesting that I listened nonstop and finished it in one day.

The story is more than one type of story. It's more than the story of Mr Iverson. It's a story about perception. Perception of ourselves and each other, and the assumptions we make.

It's a terrific book, excellent writing, and spot on narration. Read it, better still, listen to it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,621

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Fantastic from the start!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-16

I was into the book from the first sentence. It was fun, interesting, and has a great foundation for more books. I'm happy I have this book a shot.

I liked the narrator very much. Great voices, especially for Oberon.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Captivated

  • By: Emily Jane Trent
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Ella's life turns from boring to exciting when she meets Adam, the gorgeous Italian from Brazil. Adam is drawn to her - determined to release the passion she holds inside. Ella is ordinary in her own eyes, but when Adam sees her beauty, the light turns on in her life. He's a romantic Italian on vacation, surfing at Ella's beach. But the wealthy hero has secrets. Ella feels like she's known him forever but fears she will lose him. Can you meet your soul mate only to lose him in the same instant?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't waste your time.

  • By Karren on 09-17-15

Too slow and cliche

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-16

I won the 4 audio books in this series, and was so excited for my chance to review them. Not so much now.

I mostly read by audio book, and I can listen to almost any narrator and find a way to like them. This narrator had a nice enough voice, but I had to listen at 1.5 speed just to make her sound normal. She spoke so slow I was laughing. I actually made my husband listen so we could laugh together.

Then there is the story. It's just boring. Boring and cliche. I feel terrible that I won this series, and have no desire at all to listen to another word. I may try the next book at a later date, but for now I am moving on to something else.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Grey Matter

  • By: Billie Sue Mosiman
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

It had been perfect at first for the four young people. Friends since their broken childhoods, now they stood together at the threshold of adulthood. They were a family by choice, not by nature. When supplies dwindled and society failed, so did the rules of civilization and the mountain closed in. Not all predators walk on four legs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Survival, murder and disaster

  • By Rabid Reader on 04-29-16

Very good!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-16

This was a very good thriller. I had my doubts at first, but the narrator (Joe Hempel) kept me listening.

The story itself was interesting, and takes a turn that I was not expecting (a rare thing in thrillers). Ultimately, I was glad I kept listening. A little warning, this story has some graphic imagery, and can be a little hard to listen to/read.

I found a new author I like, and a new narrator that I love. I am very lucky that I was able to receive a free copy of this audible book for my honest, if not simple, review.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Short Life of Sparrows

  • By: Emm Cole
  • Narrated by: Pamela Lorence
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Beneath the light of a full moon, the Nightbloods and Seers are dancing. They are dancing as they await another Awakening, a dream that defines every witch's destiny. It doesn't matter that the coven is cheering and anticipating her turn into womanhood, because Calli doesn't want any of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written and well narrated story

  • By Julie S. on 01-12-16

Better than average YA book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-15

I did not see this story coming! I figured I'd give it a listen, and find myself entertained by the usual YA type of book. I was so wrong, and so happy to be wrong. The only assumption that can be safely made about Emm Cole's book is that it is about young adults. Past that, it's nothing I expected.

A town filled with secrets, magic, and terrible visions is just the beginning of what makes this story strange and fascinating at the same time. The narrator, Pamela Lorence, did a wonderful job. Her voice is easy to listen to, which made it easy for me to "read" for long periods.

If you know of any young adults (or not so young, such as myself) who are in need of something to read, this will not disappoint!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Keepers

  • Alchemy Series (Volume 1)
  • By: Donna Augustine
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her. One day ago, Jo's sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino. Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he's real lucky, she won't die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a promising series

  • By K. April Holgate on 05-30-14

Refreshing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-15


On the jacket: "Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of things floating around her.
One day ago, Jo's sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot. If he's real lucky, she won't die. Because if she does, all hope is lost."

Whaaaaat?! Yeah, I'm in.

I enjoyed this book so much, that I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it. It's paranormal with a hint of romance, and it's not at all what I expected. It's refreshing to read a book where the author has found a way to introduce a classic story in a whole new way. I'm already on to book 2 of the series! The narration is good, and works for this story.

I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful